Dr. Joyce Brothers, Popular Psychologist, Dies

05/13/2013 at 06:35 PM EDT

Joyce Brothers Dead; Died at 85 in New York
Dr. Joyce Brothers
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For decades, on television, in print, sometimes even the movies, she was known as Dr. Joyce.

Joyce Brothers, the popular psychologist, columnist, and media personality, has died. She was 85.

Longtime publicist Sanford Brokaw says Brothers died Monday in New York City.

With a doctorate from Columbia University, she was a pioneer of the television advice show.

Her celebrity took off in 1955 after she entered a television quiz show called The $64,000 Question. She became the only woman to ever win the show's top prize.

In a broadcasting career spanning four decades, Brothers hosted syndicated radio shows, dispensing advice to callers. She also appeared – usually as herself – on dozens of TV programs, from Saturday Night Live to CHiPs, and several movies.

She also authored best-selling books, including What Every Woman Should Know About Men in 1982 and Widowed, a 1992 book inspired by the death of her husband of 40 years, internist Milton Brothers.

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